Monday, May 19, 2014

Figure Out This Week's Mystery Artifact Lickety-Split!

Quick!  Can you guess this week's Mystery Artifact?

The object has a wooden handle, which likely was shaped and smoothed with a draw-knife, and a forged iron blade.  The upper edge of the blade, facing away from the length of the handle, is sharpened, while the lower edge is flat.  As you can see in the above photo, the handle is about a foot and a half long.

The blade itself is just over a foot long with an eye at its base through which the handle is inserted.  In this photo, the sharpened edge of the blade is facing the ruler.

Give us your best guess as to what this object is and what its function was.  We'll be watching for your comments below!

1 comment:

  1. I would guess that it is a knife for cutting shingles - place the sharp end against the wood to be split, and hammer it through!